Soros: Republicans control the agenda
February 21st, 2011
03:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Soros: Republicans control the agenda

Washington (CNN) - Financier George Soros who has famously supported liberal causes said the president has "lost control" of the economic agenda.

"President Obama has lost control of the agenda," Soros said Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." "The agenda is now in the hands of the Republican Party."

Soros, who was an early supporter of Barack Obama and helped him fundraise during his 2008 presidential bid, said the GOP will move the agenda away from economic recovery.

"They (Republicans) are going to pursue a very strong effort to cut services by refusing tax increases. I think this agenda will be successful," Soros said. "I think this will have a negative affect on the economy."

But this is not the first time Soros has voiced concern over Obama's actions. In March he told CNN the United States should have taken over U.S. banks instead of bailing them out, and in November suggested Democrats find another presidential candidate in 2012.

Soros also said members of the Tea Party movement are being "used and deceived," despite being "decent" and "hard-working" people.

"They are being misled," Soros told CNN's Fareed Zakaria. "They are misled by people who are using it for their selfish purposes… so reduce taxation and regulation."

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Patrick from Minnesota

    If the Republicans want to play hostage taker with the American people, fine. After all, it's their House majority that they will lose on November 6, 1012.

    February 21, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Soros the puppet master

    Hasn't this socialist ideologue destroyed enough countries already?

    February 21, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    “I think this agenda will be successful," "I think this will have a negative affect on the economy." I agree I agree
    We need saving and more income to come out of this mess. We need improve our economy
    Republican’s cut nothing it won’t reduce the deficit, and it will hurts states and many Americans
    Wait many will walk out of their homes.
    We have to focus on Jobs and economy growth we have to make some cuts those cuts should not affect Middle class or poor.

    February 21, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Raise taxes

    Please raise my taxes. As a lower-middle income American, I would rather see my taxes (along with the rich) rise, in order to pay down the national debt and deficit problem. Get the rich tax rate back above 50%. If you earn more due to our economic system, then you deserve to pay more in order to continue to be a part of that system. Plain and simple.

    February 21, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Inmyopinion

    Poor guy, he's so bitter and nuts and very rich. So he actually wanted the U.S. to take over the U.S. banks, spoken like a true socialist, I guess Soros would like to see the U.S. imitate Chavez, Castro's actions. Egypt gets rid of their dictator and Soros would like Obama to act like a dictator by taking over the U.S banks? Talk about giving Obama lousy advise, I hope Obama stays away from Soros.

    February 21, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Roland

    How many Tea Partiers could hold up their S.S. cards and Medicare cards at EVERY Tea Party gathering? 70-80-90%? Republicans and the KOCH brothers do a GREAT JOB dumbing it down for the Tea Party Sheep. Sure the Repulicans own the agenda. They control the House. Lets see what happens. Do you really think Boehner has the intellectual capacity and work ethic to effectively manage through the required processes? NO WAY. The Federal Govt in D.C. are the administration offices for Corporate America. There is no conspiracy – it is a fact of American life. Which side of the fence do you strive to be on? The Haves or the Have Nots? Obama will win again – hopefully the knuckle heads will take a breather so people who have a better understanding of the global workplace can get back to governing.

    February 21, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. acura2010

    Soros, just shut up!

    February 21, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    The RepubliCAN'Ts don't care about JOBS and they don't care about theEconomy – Their main agenda is make President Obama a 1-term President!!! It's NOT going to happen so in the end, they will LOSE!!!

    February 21, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Henry Miller

    The Democrats' agenda seems to be to destroy the American economy–I sure hope the GOP controls at least the financial part of the agenda!

    February 21, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. fayse

    You have been fed lies and misinformation about Mr. Soros. I have researched his background and those of Rupert Murdock, the Kock family and Glenn Beck. George Soros believes in open government and he has donated billions of dollars to other countries in the interest of freedom for mankind. He is a benefactor for freedom, his enemy is Rupert Murdock who owns most of the News Agencies all over the world. His character has been systematically asassinated by Murdock. Please don't take the word of Glenn Beck as the gospel, he is owned lock stock and barrel by Rupert Murdock. Mr. Murdock and his minions are the truly evil ones.

    February 21, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. daveindenver

    Typical liberal crap. All those people that agree that there needs to be less government and a balanced budget are just hard working idiots being mislead by the vast right wing conspiracy. We are just to stupid to realize that the elite socialists should be leading us and telling us all what to think and do.

    February 21, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Rue

    Yup, the foxes now control the chicken coop. So they'll shut it down as they did with the Newt. And then the electorate will see what they REALLY are–and give 'em the boot. History repeats itself for those unable to learn from it.

    February 21, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Nini

    You mean the preset Agenda of fundamental transformation of the United State of America is not going as smooth or as fast as you thought Mr. Soros? Well guess what we love our country and the foundation it was built on.
    I am not so sure that the president is not in control though, the republicans are just a break not a wall just yet. The class warfare that started back in 2008 is still with us and will have long term consequence and they know it.

    February 21, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. marco

    Liberals and anti-Americans like Soros should shut up and stop blaming Republicans for everything.
    Soros' agenda is to ruin american economy, he is evil, the world would be a better place without him.

    February 21, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. cfd007

    Is Soros running the country now?

    February 21, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. OBAMA - One Big Arse Mistake America

    That is a picture of the most dangerous man on this planet. His one great goal is to bring capitalism down which means bring down the current USA economy. He funds hundreds on leftist organizations to accomplish this task. The left and the much of the media they control is manipulated by this evil person.

    February 21, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Ancient Texan

    Thank God. The puppet master is disappointed that the American People woke up before his and Obama's entire agenda was enacted into law and put in place. Soros wants the end of the America we have always known and an end to the capitalistic system that made us unique and the strongest nation in the world.

    February 21, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

    He's right, and don't think Progressives haven't taken note of it.

    February 21, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. inofritzn

    Liberal mantra: Do as I say not as I do. How weak are you liberals? Weaklings. Control everything and still cry about Republicans controlling everything. two words: SUPER MAJORITY. Sheep

    February 21, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. willie floyd

    I think it's a little premature to make a statement of that nature.

    February 21, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. DB

    Conservatives dont realize that they are vetted for votes so that Republicans can get financial support from businesses. Its like maintaining a chicken (vote) farm

    February 21, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. Albo58

    No, Mr Soros, the AMERICAN TAXPAYERS are now back in charge after the unmitigated disaster of the last several years of Dimwit control!

    February 21, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Dennis

    It's terrible that billionaire Soros can't have his way.

    February 21, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. duckbutter

    soros who makes billions has bilk all of this money from america ... but now he wants to us believe he wants to help the little man .... not... he must have a bad conscience now,,,

    February 21, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. yolanda

    This is the same guy who almost broke the Bank of England.....he only cares about social justice when it suits him.

    February 21, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |